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15 Days Meditation Journey in Nepal and Bhutan

Swayambhu, Kathmandu, Nepal

Meditation Retreat Nepal and Bhutan

With this Meditation Journey in Nepal and Bhutan, you start our first six days in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, where you explore the sacred areas of Swayambhu, Pharping, Namo Buddha and Boudha Stupa – listed to be some of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage spots in the world. After becoming acquainted with the Nepali Buddhist cultures of the Himalayan region, you travel to the other sacred Buddhist land of Bhutan. You spend 8 days, embarking on a journey where you get to both observe and learn about the spiritual heritage of Bhutan, as much as taking time to practice yourselves and take in the many blessings of this place.

Meet the instructors

Sisse & Alex
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Highlights

  • Daily Dharma talks
  • Daily meditation practice
  • Introduction to the Buddhist Philosophy
  • Visit many different sacred and cultural sites
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


14 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 15
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

You will be accommodated in a hotel selected by Himalayan Hermitage.

Program

Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival and pick up at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu. We drive straight to a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Pharping, the South Western corner of the Kathmandu Valley. There may be time to rest from the journey, go for a walk or enjoy the spectacular views over Kathmandu Valley. In the afternoon there will be an introduction to the pilgrimage by instructors Alex d’Artoisa nd Sisse Budolfsen.

Day 2 – Pharping

Morning meditation session followed by breakfast. Have an introduction session to Buddhist philosophy before lunch. After lunch and a rest, hike through rice fields to visit the Asura cave and the self-arisen Tara in Pharping. Dinner and Meditation session. You will spend the night at the Tibetan Buddhist monastery guesthouse.

Day 3 – Swayambhu

Morning meditation and breakfast. After breakfast meditation and talk about Buddhist philosophy. Afternoon pilgrimage to Swayambhu Stupa. Meditation session after dinner.

Day 4 – Namo Buddha

After breakfast, you continue your journey to the lovely area of Namo Buddha, where you spend the next two nights. You will have lunch in the beautiful surroundings of the resort you will stay in, followed by a free afternoon. After dinner, you will have a meditation session.

Day 5 – Namo Buddha Pilgrimage

Morning meditation session and breakfast at a resort in Namo Buddha. After lunch,hike to pilgrimage in Namo Buddha where it is said that the previous incarnation of Shakyamuni Buddha sacrificed his body to feed a starving Tigress and her cubs. Then, you will visit the stunning monastery of Thrangu Rinpoche and the sacred Namo Buddha Stupa. Enjoy overnight again at the beautiful resort in Namo Buddha.

Day 6 – Fly to Paro or Bhutan

After breakfast, depart for the international airport and fly to Paro, Bhutan. Visit Dhuntse and Kyichu Lakhang – the house of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of this century. Spend the night at a lovely resort.

Day 7 – Jala Dzong

After breakfast, drive to up the hill behind the dzong to begin your walk to Jala Dzong. Have lunch at camp and then visit the Dzong and enjoy the day at this location. This is also a famous location for encountering the national flower of Bhutan – the blue poppy – but only during the summer season. Spend the night camping at Jala Dzong.

Day 8 - Camp at Lataykha Monastery

After breakfast, continue your walk to Lataykha monastery, which as retreat location for Buddhist practitioners of the region. From this location, we can enjoy Great views of Hemphug Monastery, Bemri and Phurdo Gompa.

Day 9 - Hike to Bemri, The Site of The 100,000 Dakinis

After breakfast, you walk to Bemri a sacred site which is known as the mountain of 100,000 dakinis who took flight from here. You will continue hiking for visits at Dhunkalha or Phurdo Gompa and return to hotel by vehicle. You will spend the night at a beautifully located resort in Paro.

Day 10 - Chele LA and Kilay Nunnery

Rise early for the drive to Chele la and visit Kilay gompa (nunnery) along the way. We have a picnic lunch at the top of the pass where we will get great Himalaya views if the weather is clear. After this continue down the back side of the pass to Haa valley. We spend the night at a beautiful farmhouse.

Day 11 - Visit to Shekar Drak and Thimphu

You will visit Shekhar Drak (dedicated to Avalokitsvara) and continue on driving the back road of Haa. You will stop for a picnic lunch at the scenic Dobsey Dzong and then continue onto Thimphu and check into the hotel. In the afternoon – free time for exploring the city. Prior to dinner, you pay a visit to the Dordenma Buddha which sits above the city and overlooks the entire Thimphu valley.

Day 12 - Return to Paro

Spend the morning (half day) in Thimphu – select from visits to: Zorig Chusu the School of 13 Traditional Arts, Textile Museum, the Traditional Medical Center or Memorial Chorten. Lunch in Thimphu and then return to Paro with a stop at Tamchoe monastery the famous location of Iron bridge builder Thang Thong Gyalpo and see his chain bridge and other relics located here. Spend the night back at a beautiful resort in Paro.

Day 13 - Taktsang / Tiger's Nest

Begin your early morning pilgrimage walk to Taktsang Monastery or the famous Tiger’s Nest. On the way back down, we have lunch at the Taktsang “cafeteria”. Return to the hotel where an optional Bhutanese hot stone bath can be organized (at an additional cost) and a farewell dinner for our last night in Bhutan.

Day - 14 - Return to KTM

We return to Kathmandu, Nepal by morning flight and spend our last night in Boudha. Free day and farewell dinner at Kathmandu’s famous pizza joint, Fire and Ice.

Day - 15 - Day of departure

Day of departure. You will be provided transportation to the airport.

Instructors

Sisse Budolfsen

Alex d'Artois

Location

Your first six days starts in Nepal, where you will be exploring the sacred areas of Swayambhu, Pharping, Namo Buddha and Boudha Stupa. The next eight days you will be exploring Bhutan, famous for its Buddhist spiritual heritage.

Food

Three daily healthy vegetarian meals are served throughout the journey.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 14 nights / 15 days accommodation
  • All accommodation, meals & transport in Nepal & Bhutan
  • Experienced guides and instructors
  • Return flight between Kathmandu & Paro (Bhutan)
  • Healthy, vegetarian meals
  • Daily Dharma talks and introduction to meditation
  • Notebook for journaling during the pilgrimage

What's not included

  • International flight ticket to Nepal
  • Personal insurance during the pilgrimage
  • Personal visa to Nepal (25 USD for 15 days / 30 USD for 30 days to be purchased upon arrival)
  • Any alcoholic beverage during the pilgrimage
  • Tip to local guide and porters

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Fly to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu, Nepal. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. The visa for Nepal is easily obtained upon arrival and costs 25 USD for 15 days or 40 USD for 30 days.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

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The prices below include an early bird discount of 200 USD per person. To benefit, book or reserve six months prior to the arrival dates

Friday November 22, 2019
(15 days / 14 nights)

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